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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

October 28 A..D. 2009

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Ephesians 2:19-22
Psalm 19:2-3, 4-5
Luke 6:12-16

A reflection on today's Scripture:

In today's Gospel, Jesus, after a night in prayer, calls His twelve apostles.

Luke presents it without much fanfare and merely states their names with only a word or two about some of them. That is why that when it comes to Judas Iscariot, and Luke says, "Who became a traitor," it's so startling.

Every time I hear this Gospel I am moved to tears, tears most of all for Jesus who was betrayed, for Judas who squandered the opportunity to be moved by grace, and for all of us, who like Judas, betray the Lord whenever we sin.

Judas' traitorous act should remind us that even those who are ostensibly close to the Lord are vulnerable and can fall into terrible sin.

That is why serious examination of our consciences is helpful; it can indicate to us what words might be tacked onto our name if today there was a roll of Jesus' present day followers.

For me could it be "complainer" as I often throw in my lot with so many of my disgruntled co-workers, or "flash in the pan" because I often fail to stay the course and persevere?

Please, Jesus, help me that instead it might be words like "loving," "gentle," "generous."

~ Donna Raye Nelson, OCDS
| email: drn3rd@hughes.net

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Feast of St. Simon and St. Jude, apostles

Lives of the saints:

Full Scripture text from today's Liturgy of the Word:


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